This is the fourth Chinese rocket to hurtle back to Earth, a trend that experts say puts people and property at risk.
There's a nonzero chance that the uncontrolled rocket debris could fall on a populated area, but the risk of anybody getting hurt is extremely low.
Uncontrolled rocket re-entry poses a risk to human life, mainly in the Global South, according to researchers.
Astra shared its "regrets" over the loss of the NASA spacecraft following a premature shutdown of one of its rocket stages.
The crash occurred on Friday morning, according to calculations by astronomers, but Earthlings have nothing to worry about.
The rocket part, which is due to hit the Moon on March 4, is likely from a Chinese mission launched in 2014.
Astra's first flight from Cape Canaveral ended in a mid-flight launch failure.
It will be the first time a human-made object unintentionally crashes into the Moon, according to the astronomer tracking the rocket stage.
The 30-meter-tall, 21-ton rocket booster, launched by China last week, could fall in areas as far north as New York state and as far south as New Zealand.
A pressure vessel from the company’s Falcon 9 rocket slammed into a private farm in Grant County, Washington, say local police.
Despite the rough landing, Elon Musk is hailing the almost seven-minute test a success.
Once it’s completed its seven-month journey to the Red Planet, the orbiter will collect information on the Martian atmosphere and climate.